Leaf peeper in Oak Park

DSC_0010The days are getting shorter and the nights longer and the weather is gradually getting colder. Last week I waited for a day when it would get warmer so I could enjoy the Fall colors but it hardly got warm enough over the weekend. It went up to the 50s but I think here in Illinois the colors will peak this week.

But am not letting anything to chance. On the way to St. Odilo I noticed the leaves are yellower than last week and many of the red maples are showing their true colors. From blush to deep red. So wonderful and awesome to watch.

It was a sunny day so I waited for the sun to mellow somehow before I ventured out. I drove to Oak Park, which is the next town. People go to Oak Park to dine or tour the Frank Lloyd Wright homes and visit Ernest Hemingway’s old home. I didn’t do any such thing this time. Instead I turned into a leaf peeper.

Enjoy! (Click on a photo for the slideshow.)

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14 Responses to Leaf peeper in Oak Park

  1. Vivien says:

    the colors are beautiful,,,most likely more vibrant than the ones in Mundelein???? enjoyed the ride and looking at the beautiful houses in Oak Park and the Halloween decors…boo..
    Love the red maples, and the one by the window pane….

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  2. I like the phrase “leaf peeper”. 🙂

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  3. bebs1 says:

    The beauty of Mundelein is the setting which is a nice background for the leaves if they all turn their Fall colors. It is awesome to see the earth and jewel tones en masse.

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  4. bebs1 says:

    NW Frame of Mind actually “leaf peeper” is a dictionary word. I like it too and I wish I coined it. Thank you!

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  5. lolaWi says:

    Beautiful colors! Hoping for a nice day, I’m itching to go for a drive! Love your subject line!

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  6. Amy says:

    Beautiful changing colors of leaves! The first one is an amazing capture!

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  7. fathersunny says:

    Amazing… thanks for these photos, Tita. This season is not turning out to be as vivid as the other years, or maybe it just hasn’t taken off yet, but these shots just gave me the total feeling of why i love the fall season.

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  8. bebs1 says:

    I saw the forecast is warm for the next two days so there should be more this weekend. I might just take some photos at Hinsdale/Burr Ridge tomorrow when I go to my doctor.

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  9. bebs1 says:

    Thanks Amy. I saw the reflection on the window and I thought it was something.

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  10. bebs1 says:

    It is not going to be as exquisite as last year when we had an explosion of colors. The temps last year was so ideal for the leaves to turn their colors but you’ve got to appreciate what’s there.

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  11. A magical Autumn on fire! Beautiful . Houston doesn’t have much of these so I will stare and admire these pics. Happy All Soul’s/Saint’s Day.

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  12. bebs1 says:

    You too Island Traveler. Your son dressing up for the Halloween? The leaves are turning more colorful now.

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  13. I just love this time of the year! Great autumn captures.

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  14. bebs1 says:

    I love the foliage not necessarily the weather but then you can have colors without the shifting temperatures.

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